The post we put up recently about Mike Proctor watching our Two’s last Saturday has revealed a number of other instances where County cricket legends have briefly flirted with our super club.
Thanks to exile David Owen, now a resident of Morfa Nefyn in North Wales, but who played for MCC from 1963 (aged 14) for a further 20 years. He recalls batsman David Shephard visiting a game between MCC and Chalford at the Arena.
David keeps in touch via the web site and when he occasionally visits Minch always takes a stroll around the field recalling his ‘great times’ with MCC.
‘Shep’ of course become one of the World elite umpiring group and became famous for his ‘Shep shuffle’ superstition of dancing from one foot to another when a score was on 111.
Others to add to the list are Tony Wright who coached us for a couple of pre-seasons after retiring from the first class game but when he was the County first team coach. Tony – who scored over 10,000 runs for Glos – famously in a game against Scotland in 1997 made 177 runs which remains the highest ever individual one day score for Gloucestershire. His 311 run opening stand with one Nicholas Trainor of Frocester fame, is the county’s highest ever partnership for any wicket.
Others who coached us were former County batsman Rob Cunliffe – the ‘story teller supreme’ – and ex Glos captain and opening batsman Andy Stovold conducted a few sessions for our youngsters in his role as county youth coach.